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How to get your Facebook profile picture onto your SPLASH profile



I thought I'd explain how to do this because the University Web Team have noticed some users putting in their Facebook profile page URL into the SPLASH profile picture URL box (on the profile settings page). This is on the right track but missing a vital step.

In Firefox,

Go to your Facebook profile page and right click on your profile picture. Click 'View Image'.

The page should open with only your profile image displayed.

Use this URL in the SPLASH profile picture URL box on the profile settings page.


In Internet Explorer,

A little more tricky - but that's IE for you.

Go to your Facebook profile page and right click on your profile picture. Click 'Properties'.

In the box that opens up, find the 'Address (URL):'. It will start somethin like this -

Highlight the entire URL, copy it, and paste it into the SPLASH profile picture URL box on the profile settings page.


If you update your Facebook profile picture, I'm pretty sure you will have to go through the steps again if you want the new picture on your SPLASH profile.

Sometime in the future we will be adding the ability to upload your own images directly to SPLASH, but in the mean time, this method is the best way of adding your profile image.


I hope that helps!

Jack. Web Team




I came to Sussex excited about getting involved and being a part of what went on here. In the space of a month, that enthusiasm has withered to nothing because it's clear to me that unless I ally myself with a specific group of people and subject myself to their authority on all things, I'm not going to get anything done.

The jist of it is this: the union is dominated at the moment by people who seem to be extremely naive about how their behaviour reflects on the union and consequently influences students. This structure tacitly endorses the behaviour of a specific group of people who bully, harass, and otherwise make Sussex an unpleasant place to be. People have complained about the way elections are run, about the behaviour of campaigners, and the union's response has essentially been, 'No one's doing anything wrong.' The letter of the law, but not the spirit, is that how the saying goes?

At this point, I have zero interest in getting involved with the union any further than the academic societies I'm involved with. There may have only been 8 people at the postgrad society meeting, but at least we didn't spend four hours arguing. If the union is going to dismiss concerns that are stated reasonably, if it's going to continue to lend support-- unspoken or otherwise-- to people who intimidate other students, I don't see why I should get involved with it. I know I'm not alone in this. I've heard from so many people who have tried to get involved, who have tried to change things and make it something that every student can get involved in, only to run into the same problems again and again. To be perfectly blunt, the union and the select group of people who surround it seem more interested in making grand political statements than in actually organising any kind of real, effective action. Letter-writing campaigns? Calling? There are so many things we could be doing but aren't, because the union is bogged down in bureaucracy and subject to the narrow interests of a very small group of people who are willing to fight, bully, and shout louder than everyone else to make their pet causes a priority.

Maybe all this will lead to a change in the union. I'd like to think that our officers are reasonable and are willing to accept their part in this mess. I don't envy them right now, but the fact remains that this is a situation of the union's own doing. This is an opportunity for dialogue; the union can listen to the concerns of a group of students who want to be involved but feel excluded and thereby make itself stronger, or it can continue to spiral into irrelevance.

Facebook security "research"



I was under the assumption that UCL carried some respect for their computing department. Today I read an article in The Register titled "Facebook 'cloaking' flaw allows unexpected snooping" - yes, I know that The Register seem to now be 'The Sun' of tech news sites, all about a punny headline and trashy content, but they do quote their sources.

The 'researchers' at UCL list a several year old fairly obvious flaw of Facebook whereby you can 'friend' someone, and then deactivate your account. You're then free to reactivate your account, check the person out, and deactivate your account - this prevents them from removing you as a friend, as you won't show up in their friends list whilst deactivated.

What irritated me most about this is that they describe it as a "zero day privacy loophole". It's a shame to see that "zero day" is now just a meaningless buzz word, thrown about to try and whore some attention. This "attack" (yes, they call it a "Deactivated Friend Attack") has been known and talked about for at least a couple of years - and is evident if you've ever had a friend deactivate and reactivate their account, only to suddenly reappear in your friend list. It's a very short hop of common sense, not some giant leap of ingenuity that required "a lengthy experiment".

Worse, they go on to propose dreadful solutions - "notify users of de-activations and re-activations, so that odd behaviour can be spotted". Did they propose this so, if implemented, they can boast about their find of "DoS through means of mass messaging via repeated deactivating and reactivating of accounts"? One of their further two solutions are more reasonable - maintaining the person in their friends' lists, but marking them as deactivated (or "cloaked", if you want to sound awesome) - but then the account isn't really deactivated. Their other solution is just plain stupid, "removing re-activation features altogether" - so, uh, deleting the account?

Personally, I'd list this as "Do Not Fix". For this to work, you have to friend them in the first place. "Friend". If you've accepted their friend request, surely you're accepting that they're going to be able to view your information? You can't view extra information by expending the effort to keep deactivating and reactivating (on a large scale - it's not like you can do this on a friend-by-friend basis). Stop accepting friend requests from people you don't know!

If you are worried but still want to get your 'friend' count as high as possible, then it sounds like you're concerned about your privacy (in a skewed way...). That's great and bordering on being responsible! In this instance, you could maybe consider using Facebook's privacy controls? Set your posts to show to the friends you actually want to show them to - including the use of lists to define groups of friends you frequently want to show to. Ta-da, no more weird people you don't actually know that keep bobbing in and out.

If you've read this rant, then you deserve to be rewarded: